Karl Schenker. Wax figures mannequins.

Karl Schenker. German Art deco photojournalist, artist and fashion photographer. 1920s fashion.

Karl Schenker 1920s

The wax figures mannequins of Karl Schenker photographer.

Karl Schenker 1890-1954, German photojournalist, artist and fashion photographer.

Karl Schenker worked for women’s magazines such as – UHU – (the famous magazine of the Weimar Republic) “The Lady” (The Berlin journal Die Dame appeared as “Illustrated fashion journal” (subtitles) in the years from 1911 until 1943.) and specialized in his studio in Budapester Strasse 6, in Berlin, on fashion photography, portraits of famous personalities of stage, film and dance.

In the years 1913 to 1923 Karl Schenker worked with deceivingly real-looking wax figures. The dolls were hand made by him and set with wigs and make-up in lifelike scene. Photographic works of his mannequins were shown in 2013 at the Venice Biennale. The exhibition at the Pinacoteca Agnelli was curated by the American artist Cindy Sherman. She showed works by Phyllis Galembo, Robert Gober, George Condo, Paul McCarthy, Duane Hanson, Rosemarie Trockel, Hans Bellmer, Karl Schenker, Herbert List and many others who had a major influence.

Related:
Fin de siècle era, Art Nouveau, Art deco, Flapper, Gibson girls, Roaring Twenties.




  1. Le style parisien. Les elegances parisiennes 1915. by Lucien Vogel. (Art Nouveau. Fin de siècle, Belle Époque era.)
  2. France. Haute couture spring season, 1913. (Fin de siècle era.)
  3. Les Robes de Paul Poiret racontée par Paul Iribe, Paris 1908.
  4. Paris Fashion Designers in 1916.
  5.  Dolls for the showcase by Lotte Pritzel. 1911.
  6. Les Chapeaux du Très Parisien Vol. 1., by G.P. Joumard. First edition 1921. (Flapper, Gatsby, Art deco era.)
  7. Les Chapeaux du Très Parisien Vol. 2,.G.P. Joumard. Second edition 1922.
  8. Les créations parisiennes. La mode est un art. Published 1929. (Flapper, Gatsby, Art deco era.)
  9. STYL 1922-1924. German Fashion Magazine. (Berlin Roaring twenties. Flappers, Art deco era.)
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